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Increasing Independence

The Chrysler Brand partners with BraunAbility

Wallis Brozman (Corporate Marketing Assistant | Canine Companions for Independence) with her canine companion Mork outside of the Canine Companions for Independence Headquarters in Santa Rosa, California.

Independence. It might be something you take for granted, but for people living with physical disabilities, getting around can be a challenge. The Chrysler Brand has joined forces with BraunAbility, a leader in the mobility field, and the two are partnering with Canine Companions to help bring independence to those in wheelchairs.

The Chrysler brand and BraunAbility have designed a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan that gives wheelchair users the quality of the world’s leading automotive mobility manufacturer with the functionality and bold styling of the industry’s most awarded minivan.

“Whether it’s a veteran, a colleague, friend or a family member, there’s a good chance we all know someone with a physical disability who needs help getting to the places and events that matter most to them.”  

The partnership between Chrysler and BraunAbility includes promotion support for the “Give a Dog a Job Program,” benefiting Canine Companions for Independence.

Trained service dogs across the country are empowering wheelchair users daily by completing everyday activities, including getting in and out of their wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Hundreds are currently on the waitlist to receive a trained assistance dog, which is provided to a person with a disability free of charge.

“Canine Companions was the first and now largest provider of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The synergy between adapted vehicles like the BraunAbility Pacifica and the intelligence and life-changing skills of a Canine Companions assistance dog are seamlessly giving independence — and giving a dog a job,” Canine Companions CEO Paul Mundell said.

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The most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry, the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica features AccessAbility technology, including an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension and the industry’s widest side-entry ramp, with rear-axle space innovations and cantilevered seat bases that expand interior cabin space, maximizing space for obstruction-free maneuverability for all sizes and types of wheelchairs.

“Whether it’s a veteran, a colleague, friend or a family member, there’s a good chance we all know someone with a physical disability who needs help getting to the places and events that matter most to them,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat. “The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is proving to be a lot of things to a lot of people, and now equipped with the BraunAbility technology, it is also the perfect tool to help our customers gain freedom to stay active in their everyday lives.” 

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Chrysler brand joins with world mobility leader BraunAbility to unveil the game-changing wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.

The BraunAbility Pacifica is the latest in accessible vehicles engineered between the world leader in mobility and FCA. The partnership began more than 45 years ago when BraunAbility founder Ralph Braun, a wheelchair user himself, engineered a hydraulic wheelchair lift and installed it in a full-size 1972 Dodge B series Ram Van, becoming the world’s first commercialized wheelchair-accessible vehicle.